When Tuface proposed to his girlfriend, Annie Macaulay on the 14th of February 2012, many never thought he meant business. This is on account of 2face’s well scripted dalliance with many women, some of who bore him kids. However, people began to take him serious when he started making moves to seal their union with a secret introduction ceremony held mid-last year. It was the 2nd leg of their marital rites that shook Akwa Ibom to its roots on Friday, 8th March 2013 as Tuface Idibia and Annie Macaulay hosted family, friends and associates to their traditional wedding ceremony which held at The Apostolic High School, Esit Urua Community, Eket-Ibeno Road, Akwa Ibom State, home town of Annie. The event, which started late in the afternoon, had bigwigs from the Media, Entertainment, and Political sectors in attendance. The Eket –Ibeno road is a dead trap,with pot holes here and there.
The likes of Akwa Ibom Governor, Godswill Akpabio, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa,Senator Esuene, Ini Edo, Kate-Henshaw all came to rejoice with the Idibias. ADEDAYO SHOWEMIMO and FEMI ADESIMBO were in Eket for the ceremony.
TUFACE & ANNIE: THE PERFECT HOSTS
Without doubt, Tuface and Annie are a couple that people admire for their humility and simplicity (plus the fact that they look good together). A day to the d day, Tuface was at Uyo Airport to receive guests as they trooped into the city. One of the guests received was Kate- Henshaw who looked glam in a beautiful outfit. While some progressed to Eket to lodge, others were at Le Meridien, and other 3 star hotels in Uyo.
THE PRE-NUPTIAL PARTY
Thursday night was the prenuptials party which held at De Javu Club on Marina Road in Eket. And as was expected, it was an exclusive party that had A-list guests and friends of the couple in attendance. The party rocked till the early hours of the morning. As much as the security at De Javu was tight, people kept trooping in to show their love to the couple. Before the pre-nuptials, non-residents who were in town for the wedding ceremony thronged the beautiful Eket beach.
EKET, THE LAND OF CULTURE & TRADITIONAL RITES
The socio-cultural and traditional life of the people of Eket Local Government is well displayed in dance, and songs. With marital rites, it’s a distinct cultural display of tradition which starts from the introduction to the engagement ceremony, all these and many more were brought to the fore at the ceremony that showcased and displayed the rich culture of the Eket people.
ANNIE’S DIAMOND RING
From afar, Annie’s ring sparkled and it reflects how much Tuface adores his wife. The precious stone is said to have set 2face back by a few thousand of dollars.
ALL FLIGHTS & HOTELS FULLY BOOKED
It is one ceremony that will go down in history as one of the most-attended in Akwa Ibom State. All flights to Uyo and neighbouring airports were booked, and the roads were so busy as all roads led to Eket Usua in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
THE TEEMING CROWD
It was the traditional wedding ceremony of one of Africa’s award-winning singer, Innocent Idibia aka Tuface and his belle of many years, Annie. A day before the main event, Eket, which is the 2nd largest city in Akwa Ibom, was a beehive of activities as they were excited with the presence of the celebrity couple. People flew in and drove down from all over Nigeria, and outside the shores of the country.
The Native knew they had a handful on their hands because of the teeming crowd who came to rejoice with their daughter, Annie.
TUFACE’S FAMILY ARRIVED @ 3PM
Led by Tuface’s mum and Benue traditional dancers, a delegation of the Idibia family members arrived at the venue into the waiting arms and reception of the Macaulay family. They were warmly received and their arrival signaled the beginning of the ceremony.
OSITA IHEME STEPPED IN WITH WIFE
Nollywood actor, Osita Iheme of the Aki & Paw fame was one of the celebrities who arrived at the venue early. He came in company of his beautiful wife, and a colleague in the movie industry Mr. Ibu.
2FACE’S BENUE ATTIRE
Tuface arrived in a black Chevrolet, with heavy security led by Voltron securities. Without mincing words, Tuface Idibia looked good in his full Benue Attire. He was clad in the traditional Benue Cap, White robe and wrapper. He was all smiles all through the day.
MEET THE GROOMSMEN
Super stars like sound Sultan, Timaya, Frank Okamigbo and Dotun Omotoye, 2face’s business partner were his groomsmen. They all looked dashing in their Benue attires.
AN ARRAY OF SHOWBIZ STARS
The couple enjoyed great moral support from their colleagues in the entertainment industry, the likes of Sound Sultan, Kate Henshaw, Osita Iheme, Kween Onakala, Vivian Egborn, Ini-Edo, Empress Njamah, Susan Peters, Chika Ike, top comedian AY and several others were present at the event not just as guests but as friends and true well wishers.
WHO DID WHAT?
Leading event planner “Imagination N Event” took charge of the venue décor, arrangements and general event flow, while “Voltron securities’ were in charge of security.
NEXT STOP… DUBAI
After the very successful outing in Eket, Akwa Ibom, the next stop in the Tuface & Annie wedding series would be Dubai on Saturday 23rd March, 2013 for the white wedding after which the couple would go on a deserved honeymoon to… who know?
GOV. AKPABIO TO BANKROLL DUBAI WEDDING *DASHES COUPLE PRADO JEEP
Akwa-Ibom Governor, Godswill Akpabio is known for his immense contributions to the Nigeria showbiz sector. Most of the time, he doesn’t do things in half measures. He came in briefly towards the end of the classy engagement and he quickly brought the almost-ending event to life when he announced a gift of a Prado Jeep to the couple. He did not stop there, he also promised to bankroll the Dubai wedding billed for March 23. He announced that the State will sponsor 29 delegates for the wedding while promising that he’ll personally be there to rejoice with the Idibias.